Council refutes community’s claims

KARIBIB

27 July 2018 | Government

Adolf Kaure

The mayor of Karibib, Petrus Nabot, refuted claims by the Karibib community and business owners that the CEO of Karibib, Lesley Goreseb, was not fit for office and that the town council’s funds were misused.

“The petition informs the media that N$20 million was paid into town council’s account and it was unaccounted for through the office of the CEO. We herewith prove that the funds were spent as per the 2015/2016 quarterly capital project report sent to the ministry of urban and rural development.

“The ministry availed N$3 million for the construction of the emergency response unit. Due to the limited available funds, the town council even overspent on the project. The petition stated that we received N$5 million and diverted N$2 million to Usab Extension 2, which is not true,” said Nabot.

The response comes after the Karibib community declared a vote of no confidence in Goreseb and laid down several demands including having the CEO immediately suspended during a demonstration in the town. The leader of the movement, Chris Nguherimo, handed over a petition to the town council.

“The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has to investigate the N$3 million of the emergency response unit and the N$20 million that was paid into the council’s project account in September 2015. The town council must call for this investigation.

“The ACC should also investigate why Usab Extension 2 is not completed and what happened to funds that were earmarked for this project,” Nguherimo said.

Furthermore, the Karibib community also wanted the ACC to investigate Goreseb’s involvement in the BThree Truck port, Chalets Valley, Btwo Truckstop, Chalets and Property Development saga and to investigate the legitimacy of resolutions taken by the Council as advised by him. They demanded the ministry to lodge an internal investigation into the affairs of the town council.

The mayor explained the delay in developing Usab Extension 2.

“The completion of Usab Extension 2 was delayed due to a shortage of funding through government funds, which was a nationwide issue. The electrical installation will be 100% completed by August 2018. The walkway project could not be completed as Roads Fund Administration funds cannot be used to purchase the interlocks and complete the project. Council, through the procurement committee, will purchase a brick making machine that can make interlocks to continue and complete the walkway and other road projects,” said Nabot.

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